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your face and he's telling you to wear your colors with pride. i went there and so many people when you say his name, they say is he still there? that's because, as young as he looks, he's been teaching in the san francisco unified school district for over 40 years. and what a tremendous tremendous tremendous distinguished career in the public school system. he has served the city with pride, he has been really relentless in his pursuit to support students in the academic world, to support students in applying for scholarships and to support students in having pride and returning back to galileo high school and part of the galileo community. you couldn't have a better person in the high
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school. more importantly, the people of that school make it what it is. mr. waeng you have made galileo an important not just for me but every student in san francisco. i want to thank your wife for letting you do what you do at galileo. not only teaching hours but extra hours, getting the band ready, getting all the folks in order to get the spirit to our games and a number of events. recently, i saw the principal marcus last year. i know he looks like a young guy, but principal at galileo high
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school. yet mr. waung standing behind the kids and making sure everyone was in place and doing what they had to do. exactly what he did when i went there, not too long ago. mr. waung i just want to make a couple extra points. you have been a dedicated leader, not just of galileo high school but also with the association of asian teachers and you were an advisor of the senior class, advisor to the student body where i served as president and you have been an advisor to the vietnamese, samoan, chinese clubnd the korean, club, indian
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and students club. this man, [ applause ] you won't find a more committed man in our public school system. in addition to that, mr. waung worked to take a number of students to visit washington, d.c. for the first time. he also worked with the asian specific clubs and the clubs to fund raise for the tsunami that happened in japan. i can go on and i don't think anyone has just really recognized you properly in terms of your commitment and activism, in terms of your involvement at public schools. as someone who attended public
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schools, supervisor cohen, supervisor yee. we are just so fortunate because i know that when i was a student i don't think i appreciated you as much. it was always do we have to do that? when i look back at my time, i'm so glad that he made us take those pictures and attended dance and coordinate the dance because it taught us how to be leaders and take ownership in our pride in school and appreciated the hard work that not only you did back then but you continued to do for the students for galileo high school. it is truly my honor to give you this recognition, to thank you for your countless years of service to the san francisco public
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schools to the asian pacific islander community and the city of san francisco as a whole. thank you, mr. waung. [ applause ] >> hello, there. very new at this. they told me i only get one minute to say something. it will be one minute. let me get my notes here. [ laughter ] >> that's something as an introduction here and it's something i do at school here. i always start off with something that is funny, but i have to say that teaching is not a job. it's an adventure.
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besides every successful man, there is a great woman. and that's my wife, lynn. [ applause ] and i have to say the other side london breed. she was my asb vice-president 1992. i know, don't tell them, but she was great there. and i really appreciate principal mr. black shear to be here and also i have some of my associate student body officers here and i really do want to recognize norman yee because he graded from galileo and he's done a lot for our school here. that's something i want to pass off an i started student teaching at
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galileo about 1970. that's 43 years. everyone says how old are you and i keep saying, i forgot. they ask me what do you teach? i teach biology and sociology. in school if it's broken you learn physics, if it smells you learn chemistry, if it jumps, you learn biology. okay. now, one of the questions that students always ask me is what made you stay this long, 43 years at galileo because i'm really not a product of san francisco. i was born and raised in santa rosa. but i had
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the people from the chinese community they said we would like to have you student teach there. they wouldn't let me go after that. and i had this principal from another high school, i saw it stones town and he offered me another job at another high school in san francisco. i paused for a moment and said sir, i really appreciate this, but the students at galileo, they need me more. why did i stay that long? it's because of the love of the students here. another question one student asked me, how much do you get paid as a teacher ? and when i first started i got paid $7800 they said it's not bad for one month's work. i said no, that
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was for one year. so what is so important for teachers for an event like this is being asked by the board of supervisors, wow, this is really special. it means a lot. last saturday i was recognized at the asian heritage street celebration. i got award there and said wow, this is my year. i kind of wish to buy lottery now. anyway, this is important to teachers. it's inviting us to be recognized. now, what i would like to do, just end it here. i know my time is up here. i got these awards here from my students here and i usually get some plaques at grad using and linda breed is going to be at our graduation speech too. here is what it says, mr. waung, thank you for
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your guidance, spirit, advice and love. you are the best and the one and only wing man. thank you very much. [ applause ]
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>> it's great to celebrate and remember our history and the struggle and activism. 5 asian americans. mr. wing i'm so glad that you are honored today and you have taught many of my students here at the california child development center. i
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want to recognize a couple at district six. you were one of the first people i met here when i moved to san francisco in 1999. i'm proud to bring out joyce and ---al. i was m cing that show and joyce was probably as the ticket manager in the box office when she was during that time from 1997 and 2002. last week i had the honor of commending at that event. it's actually been in the south of market for a very long time.al and joyce have been a
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part of our community and part of our district family. they have been south of market residents. al worked at cafe aroma and in 1997 they joined a studio and a year later took it over and turned it into the only philipino arts venue. this became a home for me when i moved to san francisco and a place where i was volunteering, a short stand up comedy night music shows and plays. i played in an all female band. i practiced base in our apartment together. it's interesting as we talk we had these kovshgs about limited life permits and
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i remember when we had these events.al was such an important mentor in all of that. when we talk about asian arts, he did so much to encourage us to participate and teaching us how to run shows and how to fold up chairs and how to run a ticket box office and how to put speaker sets together. for those of you who don't know him,al is a stand up comedian. they were also the founding members of the non-philipino american theatre and joyce is currently the administrative manager on folsom street which
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is the oldest center. it start at the i hotel and it was a huge part of that struggle. for many of you have not followed the i hotel, it's such an incredible memory not because of asian americans engaged in and fought for seniors in the city, but with the seniors, with our chicano activist. it's a beautiful documentary about how our community came together to fight for philipino and chinese seniors. they continue to be active.al has served in many advisory committees, the citizens advisory committee for the action fund and we most recently appointed him to the
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pier 32 arena project. a project that is being proposed in our district.al was also active in the restabilization of the south of market project area committee, advocating for resources to go to critical infrastructure like pedestrian and public safety improvement and affordable housing and open sta space. they have devoted their life to supporting this community, the south of mark community and they have a passion for what they do. we were so excited a couple months ago to announce the six street subject station which were you an advocate for. before were able to develop this partnership, there were organizations and businesses working for a better community for our family and so many work in these alley ways and some seniors and others live in this
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community as well and there were a few that were working to improve our city. you are a power couple and i know you are well loved in our community and our city. thank you so much for being here today. [ applause ] most importantly, the diehard giants fan. that was the most important. >> thank you very much, jane. how did you know we were jane's fans. i just want to say thank you very much for the recognition. it actually came as a surprise and we are absolutely honored. joyce and i have been part of the south of market for years since 95-96. i will tell you, we don't have
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any kids so south of market is kind of our adoptive teenager now, it's been 18 years. so yeah. our kid is 18 years to us. as raising a kid, it's the same thing where you go through is the hardships but also the joyce of watching soma grow. i would be remiss if i didn't recognize some of the folks that really helped us out some of our mentors. they have helped running the center in south of market and angelica at the south of market. i learned so much about the community and
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lolita and those are my heroes and thank them for giving necessity guidance. we both came in an is artist and found out about the importance of arts and building a community and it's a two way street. we are both very honored to receive this recognition today. thank you. >> i'm overwhelmed. thank you so much. >> i also want to add that jane is a great base player too, in case you didn't know that. >> thank you, supervisor kim.
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why don't we move to our next presentation by supervisor scott wiener. >> thank you, mr. president. i today will be honoring mary young. march -- mary who i know is well-known in this room in part because she's been a mentor to more than one member of the board of supervisors.
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mary is just an incredible leader in our community and particularly in democratic party and also in the api community. she is someone who has a work ethic in so many different areas beyond any work ethic that i have seen while doing community work in this city. mary is one of these people who is so incredibly modest that sometimes you might not realize that she's a chair of our san francisco democratic party as she's running around at events, helping out the volunteers and doing any work that needs to be done because mary is really one of those people that are working to advance in our community who understand that true leadership means everyone working together and leading by example instead
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of leading by -- i got to know mary when i first ran through the county central committee and she taught me how to file my papers. she mentored me over the years and now i'm trying to help mary where i can in the knowledge that i have gained in my tenure. it's one of those relationships where we teach and help each other. whenever you see mary at any meeting or event, she seems to always be surrounded by groups of young people, young activist. young democratic party activist, young api emerging activist and it's always this group following her around and it's sort of the mother duck with
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the ducklings behind her because she's such an amazing mentor and teacher. mary, we can't say enough wonderful things about your leadership in the community and i know there are many many more years to come. so congratulations. >> thank you very much supervisor wiener and thank you to the board and to president chiu for giving me this honor. the relationship i have with scott is long and i think that it probably embodies the best of what can happen in politics in a city where you can respectfully disagree and come together and still work for the common good. earlier today i was at a funeral for a very long time democratic activist. people in committee for a very long, a generation past yours.
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she was a long time activist and started with mayor masconi and through mayor larry brown. she was so generous with her time and so passionate. she was kind and the people that came to her service a lot of the old guards, linda post, patty murn, represented a generation really well. we were really passionate about democratic values. i'm honored to receive this toed and really honored to receive it in her memory. she was so fabulous. thank you very much. [ applause ]
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>> thank you supervisor wiener and to our democratic partner mary jones. as those pictures are being finalized, our next presentation by supervisor john avalos. >> thank you, weed like to call up mario -- mr. sagittarius. we
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have a video to play? >> mario dam era of the a.k.a. power strug. has joined many groups like atmosphere and d j
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shadow. has joined the stage with snoop dog and received critical acclaim for his albums. mario was born in nigeria after his father who was a doctor and his mother was a nurse and recruited in the philippines as health care professional. his family immigrated to the u.s. in 04. as a youth mario was raised in working class neighborhoods in st. paul minnesota where a mix of cultures -- with native american youth shaped him what it means to be a man of color and how to use hip hop. since
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2005 he settled in san francisco where he continues to use his music and continues to do advocacy. mario started volunteering at the philipino community district where he worked with migrant youth that addressed violence prevention, cultural identity and leadership development and creative writing. in 2009 he joined the staff with the philipino community where he found housing for low income housing. he also helped many find sustainable employment. mario was a basic laborer from lights to manufacturing and manual labor and in the industry. it's helped him
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relate to the issues in the community. recently he organized a filipino group for fighting immigrants rights. i have watched mario in action on many many occasions. the charisma you see that he's put in his hip hop art is with as well and i'm a great admirer of your work and what you do in the bay area as well. mario with district 11 resident and i see him on the street, i see him in the park jogging, running to the park. he's a big use are of maclaren park as well. i'm excited about the future that you have and you are going great places to help our communities move forward in this city. you just graduated in the community college and i expect to see you
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struggle and it's a great honor to be able to provide you our commendation here by the board of supervisors. >> good afternoon everyone. first of all thank you supervisor avalos for the recognition and thank you to the board for this recognition and recognizing api's in the community. there is so much to say, but what i will say is because i'm being highlighted as an artist. many years ago i used to just make music and i was really inspired by groups like public enemy and people that were really critical of things and i felt what i was saying. when i came to california in the bay area specifically when i saw people taking actions to address these problems and